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July 16, 2018
Hi, my husband served in Korea 1966/67 on DMZ. He left Korea December 1967 and he died in 2011 from IHD. I applied for DIC was denied! Under HR 299, will I get DIC? Thank You.
Jim's Mailbag
July 16, 2018
Jim, my claim has gone from preparation for notification to, gathering of evidence, to review of evidence after I received a letter from the VA stating that the decision they made was Veteran was insane at the time in question....Is this a bad thing or are they changing the decision or what? What's your take on this?
Jim's Mailbag
July 16, 2018

Question

 

Hi Jim I am presently 90% but I am retiring under disability. If I get awarded tdiu would this show the same as 100% on ebenefits for sake of PA benefits sake like property taxes?

 

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Jim's Mailbag
July 16, 2018

Question

 

Thank you for answering my previous questions; I really appreciate your help. Now I still have a couple of other questions:

1.  I have a couple of secondary questions to my service connected diabetes but they happened before by rating for diabetes so VA will probably deny them but SHOULD I STILL FILE A CLAIM FOR THEM?

Jim's Mailbag
July 11, 2018
Mr. Jim It is so refreshing to find a source that responds in a CLEAR PRAGMATIC way with USEFUL INFORMATION. Thank You
Jim's Mailbag
July 11, 2018

Question

 

I am 20% for Hernia if I was to have to have another surgery will it bring my rating up?

 

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Jim's Mailbag
July 11, 2018

Question

 

I have secondary conditions caused by my prostate cancer and diabetic.  Is the date for secondary conditions the actual date that VA approved the disability or another date?  If some of these conditions were before the correct date whose to say that I didn't have cancer or diabetis way before the correct date?

 

 

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Jim's Mailbag
July 11, 2018

Question

 

I have 100% va rating and receiving housebound compensation. Somehow I am receiving it because of the way percentages add up. Some rule that was new about 5 or 6 years ago. I have been turned down by social security so my only income is my va. At times it is not enough to make ends meet. My question is can I get a partime job? An extra $1000 a month would really help. I understand that I have not given a lot of info and would be willing to answer any question you may have. Thank you 

 

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Jim's Mailbag
July 11, 2018

Question

 

I have been told that my claim for unemployability has been approved.

Increased compensation and retro to date of claim has been deposited.

My level is at 90% plus employability which I assume allows me all benefits as if I am 100%.  Does my wife now receive medical benefits through CHAMP program?

How can I confirm this?   Thanks for what you do.  So glad I found you

 

 

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Jim's Mailbag
July 11, 2018

Question

 

Can my dependent daughter, who is eligible to receive Chapter 35 DEA benefits, qualify to receive a Monthly Housing Allowance as well? I'm a 100% DAV P&T veteran?

 

Jim's Reply

 

Probably not under the C35 DEA program but there are other programs to consider. I'd suggest that she explore the VA site here https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/DEA.asp and then speak with a knowledgeable financial counselor at a school she may attend.

Jim's Mailbag
July 2, 2018

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Jim I've had claims at the VA and been denied a couple of times. The last was at the appeal as the next step but not having any support and not being a lawyer I didn't follow thru let it drop.

With HR 299 should I file again it's for AO exposure, moved barrels in PI and off the coast VN all of 72 on an AOR.

 

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Jim's Mailbag
July 2, 2018

Question

 

Where can I find info on secondary conditions to:

Prostate Cancer

Diabetis

Elipsey

Jim, Thank you for what you do for everyone 

 

Jim's Reply

 

Thanks for your kind words!

 

Jim's Mailbag
July 2, 2018

Question

 

I had a formal DRO hearing in January 18th 2018. All 4 issues was pitched to the dr no questions was asked by the hearing officer. It has been 5 months since the hearing in detroit. Is this normal for them not to move on a case. I called the other day and asked a status i was told they was still waiting for transcripts to be uploaded. Can i do anything to move this faster.

 

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There is nothing you can do to make the process move along any faster.

Jim's Mailbag
July 2, 2018

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Can a rating officer take a statement from the C and P examiner, for Veteran will likely get better with treatment and deny TDIU?  Also, say I attended said treatment and was discharged as a result of a secondary condition (SUD)-this is whole other story-Now I do not trust the VA to do the trauma therapy...do I have a winnable appeal?  I have since attempted suicide twice and was in a lockdown VA center, and am currently attending programming.  Would this be new evidence to submit with my ramp opt-in?

 

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Jim's Mailbag
June 29, 2018

Question

 

Jim I would like to know if it would be beneficial for me to pursue a P/T rating, I was rated at a 100% schedular rated back in 2013 for mental / back/ loss of use of creative organ.I turned 55 in March of this year, I've also been diagnosed with sleep disorder, Ptsd , had both shoulders operated on from falling down stairs when my back gave out / right foot drop , none of these issues have had claims summitted. I'm constantly at the doctor, please provide your advice

Jim's Mailbag
June 29, 2018

Question

 

Sir,

The VA has rated me at 100%. However, I've been awarded 80% and not permanent. I was awarded in 2011. What educational benefits my wife are entitled?

 

 

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If you have a temporary (not permanent) rating your dependents aren't entitled to any additional benefits.

Jim's Mailbag
June 29, 2018

Question

 

Hi Jim,

I am 39 years old and served 4 years in the Marine Corp. I am currently rated at 80%. I am 70% for PTSD from MST (military sexual trauma), 30 % for right leg injury and 10 % for Tinitus. I was just notified by the VA that my Individual Unemployability was granted but like most people it is not considered Permanent and Total.